Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mediterranean Guacamole

 In case you haven't noticed, I sort of have a thing for chick peas on this blog (these are more commonly known as garbanzo beans, but I prefer the more girly name of "chick" peas). I tend to use them a lot in my cooking and I always seem to have a handful of cans in my kitchen. There are many health benefits associated with chick peas. They are an excellent source of fiber and protein and they contain many key antioxidants, including quercetin, the key ingredient in FRS energy drink. In a recent study, participants reported higher satisfaction in their diet when chick peas were consumed. To top it all off, their taste is not overpowering which means that it mixes well with endless types of foods, like avocados!

This recipe can be served as an appetizer, or as a meal if you are looking for something small, quick and simple. It is satisfying, scrumptious and good-for-you.

2 avocados, pitted, peeled and diced
1 can chick peas, drained, rinsed and mashed slightly with a potato masher
1/2 cup feta cheese (may also substitute with goat cheese)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
dash red cayenne pepper


Mix all ingredients together. Serve with tortilla chips. Voila!

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